Feb 6, 2013 9:00am PST
recall holler at the pentagon or increase taxes, i would assume the latter to make sure that we didn't lose our capability to maintain our super power status. as conservatives celebrate what would have been ronald reagan's 102nd birthday, a reminder that even the beginner raised taxes 11 times during his presidency in compromise with democrats. given that, finding common ground both inside and outside the party might not be such a bad look. john meacham, i will give you the first question. welcome to the program. we're so happy to have you here. >> thank you. >> is this rebranding effort going to work for the republican party? >> it might because it depends himself on what it is rebranding itself against as events unfold. so president obama has about 12 months here. >> don't you think in terms of who they are rebranding against, the competition, if you will, if we're talking marketplace term, the democrats thus far, for the most part the democrats kind of have it together in a way they historically have not. >> well, sort of. i mean, we still don't have a budget. we don't have a grand
Feb 7, 2013 9:00am PST
, yes, deficits and taxes and sequesters and potential government shutdowns and debt ceilings. we'll talk about that stuff. all from the perspective of how are we making sure that somebody who works hard in this country, a cop or a teacher, or a construction worker or a receptionist, that they can make it if they work hard. and that their kids can make it. and dream even bigger dreams than they have achieved. and obviously, a lot of what we'll be working on michellely over the next few weeks is going to be on how do we deal with the sequester issue, and i just want to make this quick point. i had a press conference this week in which i reiterated i am prepared, eager, and anxious to do a big deal, a big package that ends this governance by crisis for every two weeks or every two months or every six months. we are threatening this hard won recovery where finally housing is starting to pick up and commercial real estate is starting to do better and the unemployment numbers are still too high, but we're seeing some job growth and businesses are investing and manufacturing is doing well
Feb 5, 2013 12:00pm EST
the pillars of what they believe are being taken out. a lot of them voted for a tax increase at the end of 2012. a lot of them are not moving to protect defense cuts right now that are tied to this sequester. there's also a belief within the republican party that you're going to see something happen in regards to immigration. that pillar can be moved out. one thing that's a very strong pillar for house gop is this idea of guns and gun rights. any time you talk about background checks and assault weapons bans and trafficking and everything out there, there is a significant fear amongst republicans that their pillars are eroding, and the gun one is the easiest one for them to hold on to to save them with their base all throughout the country. >> it is a -- this is a conversation really about the future of the republican party, i think, as much as it is about legislation. >> correct. >> luke russert, thank you, as always. we will work on the royalties for the next time. >> take care. >> coming up, the gop's efforts to decide elections by unpopular vote, and the tyranny of the minority.
Feb 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
universal registry. >> and obama care wasn't a tax until they needed it to be a tax. >> well, it's the supreme court that said that. >> i don't think you can trust these -- >> while la pierre says he can't trust the president, he also apparently can't trust his own members. nine in ten americans support universal background checks, including 74% of nra members. given the fact that more than 1,200 people have been killed by guns since the massacre at sandy hook elementary, it would seem that the call for reform remains urgent, and the desire for change no less so. ryan, i actually thought that the footage of la pierre from 1999 was really powerful given the fact that he is really -- it is a full-throated endorsement of universal background checks. do you agree with paul that the nra has revealed itself to be an insane organization and that has actually changed things over the debate over gun safety laws? is. >> it's run by lunatics. that's clear. people that were not always lunatics. you know, he was among those 70% to 90% that backed background checks back in the 1990s. you know, they'
Feb 8, 2013 12:00pm EST
in control of 200 seats and republicans often sharply split on big issues like spending and taxes, democrats -- democratic votes have been decisive in getting major legislation through the house. given this republican elders have to wonder. how strong is a majority if it is fractured? carrie, it is a very interesting byproduct of the intra-party skism that is happening. jerry peters talks about arguments missed the parties over the fiscal debate, but surely those same arguments will come to the fore as the house tackles immigration or gun control, presume it gets to the house. the democrats and the house now matter. nancy pelosi has some amount. she's not wielding the speaker's gavel, but she is not someone to be marginalized. >> i covered the health care law in 2009 and 2010, and she was sort of masterful in terms of eating her conference together on extraordinarily divisive issue, but the message is that, you know, vice president biden, that obama delivered yesterday at the retreat was a political message. it was -- this is going to be tough, but you gee have to stick together.
Feb 1, 2013 12:00pm EST
cutting taxes on the rich, but when you study the tea party and the folks in the tea party, the thing they actually really care about is immigration. it's a big priority for them. they do not want to offer "amnesty" of any kind. effectively, in taking up immigration reform, the elites of the party have told, you know, tea partiers and arch conservative elements, hey, we're not going to listen to you on this. what kind of -- >> i mean -- >> but does that -- i mean, i don't know. >> i think he is right about that, but i would take that -- i would flip it and reverse it because i think it implies there isn't latinos, which is really what the immigration reform compromise is all about are voting for democrats purely on the basis of immigration issues, which may be part of it, but also the other half of that gop elite equation is cutting very popular social insurance programs, so it's not clear that even if republicans piss off their base by going for immigration reform, that is enough for latino voters who are also concerned about medicaid, health insurance, social security, medicar